Natural Stone 101

Kitchens for Living

Natural stone is sexy. If you want a countertop that makes a unique statement with lots of movement and natural variations I recommend natural stone. Granite is a natural stone that blends perfectly with so many styles. In terms of user friendliness and durability it usually comes down to natural stone or man made products such as quartz. This is also one of the most expensive of the natural stone choices.

Guest Post: Denise Daniels of MB Stone Care on Preserving Your Home’s Natural Stone Surfaces

JG Kitchens

Regular Gold Notes readers know that I’m a big fan of engineered stone and porcelain slab for their low maintenance properties. You also know that I consider Mother Nature to be the finest artist in the world and greatly admire the incomparable beauty of natural stone.


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Marvelous Marble Natural Stones

ISC Surfaces

Stelo Bianco Marble Bianco Lara Marble Check out these beautiful marbles from the ISC Surfaces Natural Stone Collection! ISC Surfaces stocks the most popular sizes in our natural stone collection for quick availability. For more details about our natural stone collection, please see our previous posting here. Bianco Venatino Marble Fluid Marble

Guest Post from Natural Stone Institute – Caring for your Natural Stone Surfaces at Home

JG Kitchens

There is no finer artist than Mother Nature. Her gifts of marble, onyx, granite, soapstone and other stones have been justly prized for millennia. Marble and granite have long been popular for countertops, shower surrounds and floor tiles. Like a mane of glorious locks, natural stone surfaces require care to keep them at their best. So when the Natural Stone Institute offered a guest post on maintaining these materials, I gladly said yes.

How To Care For Marble Or Natural Stone From?

How to Floor Tile

Marble Institute Of America! link] I personally do not advocate using Marble, Travertine and other natural stone in showers or wet areas because it is too soft and hard to maintain. I built this shower recently and all the tile looks like marble but it really is Porcelain and manufacturers copy natural stone for a reason. Trivets : While many stones can withstand heat, the use of trivets or mats is recommended.

Schedule Your Virtual CEU: Natural Stone 101


NATURAL STONE 101: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DESIGNING WITH THE OLDEST BUILDING MATERIAL. This one-hour class is designed for construction industry professionals desiring to gain a full understanding of natural stone as a building material.

Trending in Marble: Moving Beyond Fixed Finishes

Decorative Materials

When you imagine modern marble , you probably picture a gleaming expanse of smooth stone, perhaps as elegant hallway flooring or a bathroom backsplash. These represent excellent use of marble tiles, but this “the-more-the-merrier” approach doesn't appeal to all designers and homeowners.

Marble Etching Stain Repair Jacksonville

Fabric and Tile Masters

Marble Stain Repair Jacksonville. Marble stain repair Jacksonville is a conversation devoted almost exclusively to the treatment of acid etch marks. Sure, rust, wine, food coloring and other chemical reactions can discolor the stone, but the acid etch mark is the main culprit.

Tiles in Disguise: Wood, Brick & Natural Stone Effect Tiles

The London Tile Co.

From natural looking wood to vintage-style distressed brick, there’s no shortage of designs available. These tiles allow you to create the look of natural wood, stone & brick at a fraction of the cost and with little to no maintenance. Browse our range of natural and distressed style wood effect tiles online today. Marble Effect Tiles. Marble is often seen as a luxury finish, particularly in bathrooms, but it can be very expensive to buy and maintain.

Caring for Natural Stone Countertops

Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens Inc.

Caring For Your New Natural Stone Countertops. Your new natural marble or granite countertop absolutely shines in your kitchen. It adds elegance and style to your decor, and its durability makes natural stone one of the most practical types of countertop materials. Depending on the type of natural stone countertop you’ve had installed, there are ways to care for it so it lasts for many years to come. Caring for Marble Countertops .

Natural Stone Feature: Kenya Black Marble

The Habitus Collection

We are currently featuring KENYA BLACK MARBLE. See more at the Natural Stone section of our website. The post Natural Stone Feature: Kenya Black Marble appeared first on THE HABITUS COLLECTION. Current availability of 33 polished slabs size 118″ x 76″ x 3/4″ Thick. approx. 1900 sq.ft. We offer Cut-To-Size Fabrication Services. Contact a sales associate at or 1-800-729-5120.

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Natural Stone Feature: Calacatta Caldia Marble

The Habitus Collection

See more at the Natural Stone section of our website. The post Natural Stone Feature: Calacatta Caldia Marble appeared first on THE HABITUS COLLECTION. We are currently featuring CALACATTA CALDIA. Current availability of 37 polished slabs size 110″ x 66″ x 3/4″ Thick. approx. 1800 sq.ft. We offer Cut-To-Size Fabrication Services. Contact a sales associate at or 1-800-729-5120.

Laying a Travertine Marble Tile Floor Successfully

Tile Excellence

Laying a travertine marble tile floor seamlessly (i.e., do-it-yourself project grout home improvement laying a travertine marble tile floor mortar natural stone thin-set thinest til floor tile travertine marble tile travertine tile installation without grout) is a skill that you can easily develop. Only a little bit of knowledge, a few tools, patience, and diligence are required to complete this job successfully.

NEW ISC Surfaces Natural Stone Collection

ISC Surfaces

Phantasie Gray ISC Surfaces has updated our natural stone tile collection in a major way to reflect changing design trends. Silver Ash Crosscut Stone Types include limestone, travertine, marble, slate, and onyx. Finishes include polished, honed, brushed and chiseled, and tumbled (finishes vary by stone). To see these beautiful natural stones in person, please visit The Gallery at ISC Surfaces in Kansas City or St.

Feeling Groovy with Dimensional Tile

Architectural Ceramics

Breeze through each one; from natural stone and cement, to ceramic and glass, we offer dimensional tile in a range of material types. At AC, we have a soft spot this hard-surface natural stone dimensional tile that mixes warm texture with cool sophistication. Our Ambra Collection , is a specialty line that features a 24″x24″ large-format, hand-carved stone tile with a honed and polished finish.

When choosing between natural stone and quartz composites, Vadara makes that choice a breeze

Kitchen and Residential Design

I have natural stone floors and counters in my kitchen and yes, they’re beautiful. My stone counters can’t just be wiped off when something spills. I’d always dreamed of the sorts of natural stone surfaces I curse every day now.

Atlantic Beach Marble Polishing

Fabric and Tile Masters

After years of use, marble surfaces can appear dull or worn from scratches and daily wear and tear. At Fabric & Tile Masters, we’re proud to help Atlantic Beach residents clean and revitalize worn marble surfaces to make them appear shiny, clean, and like-new again. By using tried and true marble polishing techniques, we’re able to remove etches from the surface while restoring the shine underneath. Professional Marble Floor Polishing When You Need It.

Take It Outside: Outdoor AC Tile Collections

Architectural Ceramics

Through high-definition printing, porcelain tiles can mimic other materials like cement or natural stone that are typical of an outdoor setting. Spaces are trending toward more natural material choices like cement and terracotta tiles. The catch is, that these seemingly low-maintenance natural tiles are a bit high-maintenance because they are only suitable for outdoor use where freezing temperatures aren’t a factor. Natural Stone & Specialty Ceramic.

Marble Coating Removal Jacksonville

Fabric and Tile Masters

Marble Coating Removal in Jacksonville. Contact Us Today for a FREE Quote on Marble Coating Removal Services. What Is Marble Coating Removal? Marble coating removal is necessary when topical sealers are applied to natural stone. At Fabric & Tile Masters, we offer professional marble coating removal for Jacksonville residents. We are often asked to apply urethane or acrylic coatings to natural stone.

Texas Bank Facade Gets Natural-Stone Makeover

Stone Update

San Antonio building gets renewed look with new natural quartz and marble renovation. Featured Projects Articles

Marble Floor Polishing Jacksonville

Fabric and Tile Masters

Professional Marble Floor Polishing Services. Need Your Marble Floors Looking Brand New? Contact Us Today for a FREE Quote on Marble Floor Polishing. At Fabric & Tile Masters, we offer professional marble floor polishing for Jacksonville residents. Marble floor polishing is available in two finishes: a honed matte finish or a shiny polished finish. Marble is much softer than granite and is sensitive to scratches and chemicals that can dull the finish.

Soaking Tubs in Natural Stone by Stone Forest

Trendir Magazine

Carved by hand from a single block of Carrara marble, this deep basin Stone Forest soaking tub is also available in Luna Bianca marble. Oh how we love Eau! Either way the full submersion aspect of the deep basin offers a traditional style of soaking in a completely contemporary form

Penny Round Tile Inspiration to Fill Your Home Renovation Idea Bank

Architectural Ceramics

From ceramic to porcelain and glass to marble, you’re sure to find something that fits your style and your wallet. AC’s Studs Collection, a Calacatta Gold marble penny round mosaic available through special-order. This small-scale polished marble mosaic with natural veining and color range, is available in four stone types: Bianco Carrara, Blue, Calacatta Gold, and Thassos. This special-order natural stone mosaic is worth the wait.

Ponte Vedra Marble Polishing

Fabric and Tile Masters

Do you have marble floors, walls, or tables in need of professional marble polishing? At Fabric & Tile Masters, we specialize in removing scratches and etches from any marble surface to restore it to its original gloss and shine. Our customers are often amazed at the transformation they see when we restore old or worn marble surfaces to appear like-new again. Professional Marble Polishing by Expert Craftsmen. Are Your Marble Surfaces Etched or Dull?

Tile Tour: A Master Bathroom Decked in White

Architectural Ceramics

For interior designer Mary Douglas Drysdale, the vision for her client’s master bathroom started with a classic material choice: white marble. For her client’s master bathroom, she kept the tile selection classic and timeless by using white marble from our Thassos Collection. Drysdale incorporated the monochromatic marble throughout the space in a modern way, which leaves the space feeling chic instead of one-note. Do you have marble on your mind?

Week of December 14th, 2020 – Game & Entertainment Rooms

Architectural Ceramics

HGTV shows that game rooms don’t have to be *intimidating* with a dark color scheme and cold marble floors like some other selections. Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. December 20th brings us International Games Day, which actually has some rich history.

Week of January 18th, 2021 — Our Favorite Projects

Architectural Ceramics

Most notably, David was proud of our Turkish Stone and White Chablis which can be found all over the resort including hotel bathrooms shown above. Top 5 Design Posts of the Week.

10 Hot Summer Destinations & Tile Inspirations

Architectural Ceramics

This hand-chopped and tumbled mosaic pairs two natural stones in black and beige tones, similar to those found in Lisbon. A natural red clay terra cotta tile, a machine-made ceramic, or a hand-made cement tile with a custom colorway — There is more than one way to incorporate red tile into a residential or commercial design. The honed and unfilled natural travertine tile is 16″ wide but varies in length. It’s summer and your vacation is calling.

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Get the Look of Marble with Rectified Polished Porcelain

The Tile Doctor

If you are like me, you’ve always liked the look of polished marble. Material - Tile, Natural Stone, Marble marble rectified polished porclain tile It seems rather elegant and classy, wouldn’t you say? It is also pricey. It is heavy and much harder to cut than other tile. The price hovers around $5-6 a square foot. That’s why you need to.

Week of February 1st, 2021—Kitchen Islands & Residential Hosting Spaces

Architectural Ceramics

Ranging from a surfaces small as only a few square feet, to massive displays of marble and granite, there’s inspiration for every homeowner and home. Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. Welcome to February!

Week of December 21st, 2020 – Cabins and Fireplace Design Inspirations

Architectural Ceramics

Stone Fireplace Inspirations. 18 Stunning Stone Fireplaces for Every Style , the Spruce. Anyways, our first post this week showcases stone fireplaces, and how they can be incorporated into a variety of home furnishings and the range of their looks. Top 5 Design Posts of the Week.

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New Marble & Mother of Pearl Mosaics in the Twin Cities

Rubble Tile

Cosa Marble Co. The post New Marble & Mother of Pearl Mosaics in the Twin Cities appeared first on Rubble Tile : Minneapolis Tile Shop and Showroom. New Product backsplash bathroom Bathroom tile marble marble-mosaics mosaic mosaic-tile-minneapolis natural-stone-mosaics residential shower tile Tile Minneapolis tile shop minneapolis wall tilehas been producing distinctive, high quality tiles for years.

How to Beautify your Interiors with Natural Stone Ideas


Trying to bring more natural and organic finishes into your home? Natural stone ideas by far one of the easiest choices as it adds durability in granite countertops, texture in stone pavers in your front entry and beauty to your marble shower walls. For decades natural stone has been the choice of interior designers, architects, and contractors as a go-to finish for the kitchen, bathrooms, fireplace enclosures and more.

5 Ways to Wear White After Memorial Day

Architectural Ceramics

Using white marble in a space, like putting on a pair of pointy-toed heels, is always a timeless choice. AC’s Candango Collection featuring a dimensional mosaic in Thassos marble. A mosaic sheet in Thassos marble from AC’s Candango Collection. The collection, shown above, features a dimensional mosaic in three natural stone marble choices: Thassos (pictured), Crema and Grigio.

Marble Kitchen Countertops

Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens Inc.

Pros & Cons of Using Marble in the Kitchen. One of the most commons things we hear is, “We’re thinking about putting marble countertops in our kitchen, what do you think?” Marble countertops are beautiful and make a great addition to a home if you’re looking to create a contemporary-style kitchen. But some are wary of the stone, so get the truth about putting marble in your kitchen! Do Marble Countertops Stain?

Week of September 7th, 2020 – Aging in Place vs. A New Space

Architectural Ceramics

Appearing much more like a boutique hotel then a retirement facility, Panorama offers an interior lobby of upholstered chairs, abstract rugs, and marble side-tables. Top 5 Design Posts of the Week.

Expect the Unexpected from Tile Variation

Architectural Ceramics

The same could be said when considering a handmade ceramic or natural stone, because the variation in the tile’s glaze or veining may surprise you. Architectural Ceramics is here to help you know what type of range, be it subtle or extreme, to expect from ceramic, porcelain and stone; and to know how best to prepare for it. Porcelains too, can be made with a uniform look or to mimic veining found in natural stone. Natural Stone Variation.

Think Outside the Box: Rethinking the Square Shower Niche

Architectural Ceramics

To get the look of the marble shower, consider using our Bianco Angelica Collection , which includes a 6″x12″ honed field tile like the one pictured above. The marble walk-in shower, pictured right, has the right idea by placing the shower controls at the entrance of the shower. For the soft grey stone look of the other shower, try our Swiss Alps Collection , featuring a similar soft grey marble. The shower niche.

Tile with Money in Mind

Architectural Ceramics

Since we’re on the heels of our March Madness: ACI’s Final Four Tile Matchups blog, let’s round out a list in the same main tile types: porcelain, ceramic, glass and natural stone. Natural Stone: A variation on the penny round theme, the Effervescence Collection plays with multiple sizes of circles. Do you love the look of marble or natural stone but now, can’t stomach the splurge? The deadline is here.

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Surge: AC’s Glass-Inspired Ceramic

Architectural Ceramics

Tatami: Our Tatami Collection features marble mosaics with soft color and texture. One of those mosaic options, mixes in Ming Green marble. Perfect Pebble: Nature is always full of the color green, like a forest full of trees. Or, to explore Architectural Ceramic’s full offering of in-stock and special order tile in ceramic, glass and stone, visit one of our DC-metro area showroom locations.

Sophisticated surfaces with Maximum impact

Diary of a Tile Addict

Agata, Amazonite, White Beauty, Grey Beauty, Calacatta Bellissimo, Arabescato Orobico, and Rock Salt are the latest editions to this best-selling premium porcelain collection; while Roc de Bourgogne, and Solida are new colour ranges in the Stone Effects category. Agata Atena by Fiandre.

Sealed with a Kiss: Hexagon Kiss Dipped Tile

Architectural Ceramics

From ceramic and porcelain to glass and marble, we have plenty of hexagon types to choose from. This natural stone product, made of volcanic rock, is available in large format field tiles like 16″x16″ and 12″x24″ or mosaics like a 1″ and 3″ hexagon. Calacatta Chablis: The veining in this 4″ marble hexagon gets our blood pumping. I think we can all agree that hexagon tiles aren’t going away any time soon.

Getting in Shape: The Skinny on Tile Shapes & Patterns

Architectural Ceramics

Ceramic, marble, porcelain, glass — Square tile is available in a variety of material types. At AC, we have endless porcelain and marble options available as a 12″x12″ field tile. Our Naturals Collection is a natural choice to showcase a 3″x6″ glass subway tile option. To learn more about this collection, read our blog entry, It’s Only Natural: AC’s Glass Tile Collection. Losing weight. It stinks.